1. A poor start costs the Revolution- For the second game in a row, the Revolution gave up an early lead. Matias Laba's second minute strike was enough to seal the deal for Toronto, even though they were outplayed for the remainder of the game. The Revolution bounced back well from giving up an early goal and looked like they were going to walk away from this game with at least a tie, but in the end the fact that they put themselves in an early hole is what did them in. They certainly played well enough to tie, or even win, but they did not do themselves any favors with the way they started.
2. Scott Caldwell is the unsung hero of the team- Caldwell has by far been the most consistent player this season. On Sunday against Toronto, he had to attack, defend, and aid his team in transitions. He did all of the above flawlessly. On Laba's goal, he had the initial save off the line. He remained composed despite Toronto's high pressure on midfield players. He opened up space and made key passes to allow New England's attacks to continue. The Revolution may have lost, but they can at least take solace in the fact that Caldwell has been such a prominent factor in games.
3. This loss hurts the Revolution badly- At home against the second worst team in the conference, you would always expect a win. Tonight, the Revolution did not deliver. They will fall out of playoff position and stay three points behind the fifth place Houston Dynamo. They are now also within two points striking distance of the Chicago Fire, who have been dangerously good in recent weeks and currently occupy seventh place. The pressure will be on the Revolution for their next three games: at Kansas City on Aug. 10, versus Chicago at home on Aug. 17, and then away at Philadelphia on Aug 25. The Revolution cannot afford to lose any of those games.
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